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May 4, 2009

scouting assistant is paralyzed after a canopy collapsed

A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant is paralyzed after a canopy collapsed during a heavy thunderstorm Saturday.

Rich Behm, 33, spinal cord was severed by a fractured vertebrae, paralyzing him from the waist down, the team said in a written statement. CNN

Twelve people were hurt when the canopy collapsed over the practice field. A thunderstorm knocked down the air-supported, metal frame structure that covered the team's practice field. About 70 people, including 27 players were at the rookie minicamp.

Joe DeCamillis,the team’s new special teams coach and the assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, were also injured when the canopy collapsed.

DeCamillis, 43, sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. Yahoo

Greg Gaither, 35, had surgery Saturday night to repair a fracture to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Yahoo

Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture to the thoracic spine.

April 27, 2009

Secretary of Homeland Security apologies to veterans

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano meet with American Legion National Commander David Rehbein at Homeland Security headquarters to apology to veterans Friday, for the report of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that suggested returning combat veterans could be recruited by right-wing extremist groups. CNN

In a statement issued by the department, Napolitano said, "We connected meaningfully about the important issues that have emerged over recent days, and I offered him my sincere apologies for any offense to our veterans caused by this report. ... I pledge that the department has fixed the internal process that allowed this document to be released before it was ready." CNN

Napolitano has added additional layers of review had now been added to her department's report dissemination process. AP

The report was an unclassified assessment sent to law enforcement agencies. It was titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

"In the mind of the American Legion, I think her apology was sufficient," Renbein said. "The way the Vietnam veterans were treated once they came home, that's what drives the sensitivity to this, because those things start small and then grow from there, and we need to make sure anytime something like that happens we need to step on that and make sure it goes away very quickly." CNN

April 6, 2009

Brother kills two sisters and injures another

A man kills two of his younger sister and attacks another one at their Massachusetts home on the day of his little sister’s birthday Saturday.

Kerby Revelus, 23, stabbed his 17-year-old sister Samantha to death, decapitated his five-year-old sister Bianca, and stabbed and injured his nine-year-old sister Sarafina said CNN.

Kerby had previously gotten into a fight with a neighbour the day before and was still agitated from the incident when he turned on his sisters the next day said SKY news.

Sarafina had called the police when Kerby stabbed Samantha. The police arrived in the home a minute later only to witness Kerby decapitating his five-year-old sister. Police shot and killed Kerby when he tried to attack Sarafina said CNN.

"In policing, we see the raw human emotion every day, but to think that a human being could afflict such an atrocious, violent act on his own family is unbelievable," Milton police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. said Sunday. "When I walked up to the first officer (on the scene), I could see the whole story right in his face. This just told me that this was something very bad."

Sarafina was hospitalized Sunday with defensive wounds to her hands and stab wounds in her abdomen and one of her legs said CNN.

The parents of the siblings were out of town and their grandmother was in the basement during the murder.

March 30, 2009

Nursing home killing

Seven elderly patients and a nurse were killed by a gunmen at a nursing home in Carthage, N.C., Sunday morning.

The shooting occurred at Pinelake Health and Rehab, a one-story brick building with white rocking chairs out front said New York Times.

The patients were identified by The Associated Press as Louise Decker, 98; Lillian Dunn, 89; Tessie Garner, 88; John Goldston, 78; Bessie Hendrick, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; and Jessie Musser, 88. All were residents. The nurse was identified as Jerry Avant Jr., 39.

Robert Stewart, 45,has been identified as the gunmen and has been wounded and apprehended at the scene, said Maureen Krueger, the Moore County district attorney.

Stewart was armed with a rifle, a shotgun and other weapons said a witness. CNN

Authorities have not yet released any information about the motives and connection that Stewart may have had with the nursing home said New York Times.

Stewart was not an employee of the nursing home -- the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center -- and he did not appear to have been related to any of the patients, said Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie. CNN

March 16, 2009

One-year-old killed killed on her birthday

A one-year-old died after being hit by an ice cream truck on her birthday in San Bernardino, CA on Wednesday said KTLA news and AHN news.

Diana Morales died 30 minutes after being struck at around 5 p.m. Wednesday at a hospitol, according to the local newspaper, The Press-Enterprise.

Morales’s brother was buying candy from the ice cream truck when she walked over and was ran over said KTLA news.

The girl's mother was inside the home with family members at the time.

The 47-year-old driver of the ice cream did not know she had run over the girl until she was pulled over by authorities said KTLA news.

She has not been cited and authorities are still investigating AHN news.

March 9, 2009

World's heaviest man and his new car

World’s heaviest man of 2006 will be able to leave his home in a specially remolded vehicle that will be able to sustain his weight.

Manuel Uribe, weighing in at a little under half a ton, is receiving a 1989 Chevrolet Astrovan improvised to support his weight. The minivan is an open-air convertible said Celebgalz news.

Manuel will put a bed on the back of the van to drive around town, with his new wife as the driver.

Manuel also has a remodeled garage that includes a forklift to help raise his regular bed up to the level of his car bed, allowing him to switch locations from time to time said AOL news.

This will vehicle will help Manuel get away from his home, which he has mostly been confined to in the last six years.

Fax letter leads cops to a dead body

An anonymous fax sent to a television station gives detailed information on the whereabouts of a dead woman in California.

Denise Figueroa, 22, was found Saturday afternoon by authorities when they followed the tip off from the fax letter.

Figueroa was reported missing by family members on Feb. 28, said police officials. Fox 9 news.

The fax said that the woman was killed on Feb. 28 and that her body was in a black trash bag in the back of her trunk said KARE 11 news. The fax also included the location of the car, the woman’s name and the names of two men. The fax letter claims that one of the men is the killer and the other cleaned up the mess in the victim’s car.

According to Figueroa's uncle Daniel Sanchez, the person that was last seen with Figueroa called her father saying "I didn't mean to hurt her. I'm sorry, I'm sorry." Fox 9 news.

One of the named men was arrested on unrelated charges on March 3 and is jail.

County coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said an autopsy likely be performed on Monday to determine how Figueroa died. Fox 9 news.

Investigators are trying to track down the person who sent the fax and the other man mentioned in the letter.

March 2, 2009

U.S. Journalist arrested in Iran

Roxane Saberi , 31, a free lance journalist has not been heard from since Feb. 10. She was arrested in Iran and was detained after buying a bottle of wine said her father who last talked to her on Feb. 10 said AP.

Buying and selling alcohol is illegal in the Islamic republic.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Iran for arresting journalists and suppressing freedom of speech said AP.

Saberi has lived in Iran for the last six years and was writing a book about the culture and the people of Iran.

Iranian officials have not publically confirmed the arrest. An U.S. State Department duty officer said that they were looking into an AP request for more information.

February 23, 2009

11-year-old boy charged with the killing of a pregnant woman

An 11-year-old boy is being held in a Pennsylvania jail for allegedly killing a pregnant woman on Friday.

Jordan Brown, a fifth-grader, allegedly shot his father 26-year-old girlfriend Kenzie Houk, whom was eight months pregnant, in the back of her head while she was laying on the bed said Star Tribune.

The unborn child died from lack of oxygen.

Houk was home with Brown and her two daughters ages four and seven.

After shooting Houk, Brown put the shotgun back in his room and got on the bus with Houk’s seven-year-old daughter and went to school.

Houk’s four-year-old daughter found the body of her mother and alerted nearby tree trimmers said WCCO News.

According to investigators there were inconsistencies in Brown’s story.

Houk’s seven-year-old daughter said she saw him with what she believed to be a shotgun and heard a loud bang.

Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo said that Brown was charged Saturday as an adult in the death of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk.

The shotgun used is designed for children and has a shorter arm and such weapons do not have to be registered, Bongivengo said. Jack Houk, 57, said the boy and his father used to practice shooting behind their farmhouse, and the two enjoyed going hunting together.

Brown was arraigned and was being held in the Lawrence County Jail, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday.

February 16, 2009

A man conviceted of previous charges of DWI crashes a car rental while intoxicated

A convicted drunk driver is in critical condition after crashing a car rental into a utility pole Sunday morning.

Marvin Rice Jr., 27, whose car has to be equipped with anti-drunken driving technology, rented a car while intoxicated states AP.

Police says that Rice agreed to equip his car with a device that tests for alcohol in a driver’s breath before starting the car after previous DWI convictions.

It is still unknown how or when Rice rented a car with no anti-drunken device.

Rice is expected to be charged with another offense of DWI.

It was unclear when he rented another car that had no such device.

He is expected to be arraigned on a DWI charge states MSNBC.

February 9, 2009

Famous alligator left in dead owners backyard

Albert a famous movie star alligator was found alone in his owners backyard after his owner accidentally cut his own neck with a chainsaw and bled to death late January.

Police officials found Richard Beamon, 43, dead in his yard a few feet away from the 800 pound 12 foot alligator, reported NewsOn6 and KOCO news.

Beamon’s relatives called GW Exotic Animal Park to rescue Albert from his deceased owner’s home.
"It took us a couple of hours to get him out of the water. We finally managed to get it done," said John Reinke of GW Exotic Animal Park. NewsOn6

Albert, who has worked alongside with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson, has been relocated safely to GW Exotic Animal Memorial Park.

January 27, 2009

First US woman gives birth to octuplets

Yesterday the first US woman gave birth to eight live newborns in Los Angeles, California reported by BBC news.

The women's identity and health has not yet been released, but she gave birth to six boys and two girls.

All eight newborns were born nine weeks prematurely, weighing between 1 pound 8 ounces and 3 pound 4 ounces. Two new borns were placed on ventilators and a third newborn needed oxygen, reported by Star Tribune.

The newborns will be placed in incubators for at least six weeks, but a doctor had stated that the newborns were kicking and screaming very vigorously and for the most part are doing well.

According to Star Tribune, 46 hospitol staffs and four delivery rooms were set aside for the births of the anticipated seven newborns. The eighth newborn was not expected. "It is quite easy to miss a baby when you're anticipating seven babies," said Dr. Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the hospital. "Ultrasound doesn't show you everything."

The first set of live born octuplets were born in Houston, Texas in 1998. One newborn died one week later, but the remaining seven celebrated their 10th birthday in December.